Cranichis amplectens Dod 1986


COllection Sheet

TYPE Drawing Collection sheet by Donald Dod and Harvard Carribean Orchid Collection Website

Deep shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Basally Clasping Cranichis [refers to the column that partially embraces the anther]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southwestern Domincan Republic in broadleaved forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 1 to 3, basal, elliptic-lanceolate to ovate, reticulate, acuminate, gradually narrowing and cuneate below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, several tightly sheathed, pubescent in the upper 1/4, loosely 15 to 30 flowered inflorescence with ciliate, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying greenish white, non-resupinate flowers.

"Very similar to C diphylla but differs in the sub-cordate, oblique, opaque surfaced, and a frequently crenulate margin leaf, and the flower with the sessile, apiculate lip, an unwinged column that embraces the anther." Dod 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 4: 179 Dod 1986 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014